Real Narcos

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Subscribers: 268
Reviews: 4

 Jul 12, 2020

 Jun 10, 2020
The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce Medellín.

Judith Jones
 May 21, 2020
A really well researched and detailed series - documentary journalism at its best

 May 9, 2020
Someone created an audio version of Netflix Narcos. Goes more in-depth to what was happening during the war on drugs


If the US Government asked you to move to Colombia to hunt down the world’s most brutal narco-terrorist, what would you say? Real Narcos meets the real DEA agents tasked with bringing down some of history’s most notorious criminal masterminds - from the King of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar, to the most powerful drug trafficker on the planet, El Chapo. Also, check out our other podcast, Real Dictators. Out Now!

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Matta Ballesteros Part 2: Face to Face With the Cocaine Chemist
Everyone assumed Matta Ballesteros was just a low-level pusher. But it turns out he’s the shady mastermind behind an overland supply route funnelling eye-watering quantities of cocaine into the southern United States. After a long and gruelling pursuit across multiple borders, the US agents on his tail hatch a plan to snatch Matta off the street. Finally, Mike Vigil of the DEA comes face to face with the man he’s chased halfway across Latin America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 10, 2020
Matta Ballesteros Part 1: The Faceless Phantom
The drug lords in this series tend to be larger than life. This guy is a little different. The man they call ‘El Negro’ – ‘The Black One’ – is an elusive, faceless phantom. Hunting him is like trying to catch smoke. But in September 1981, the DEA make a huge cocaine bust in Los Angeles, California. The raid throws up clues that point the agents towards a Honduran cocaine chemist. The hunt for Matta Ballesteros begins... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 02, 2020
Griselda Blanco Part 2: The Black Widow Devours Her Mate
Griselda Blanco outhustled and outwitted the men in her orbit to rise from desperate poverty on the streets of Colombia to remarkable wealth on Miami Beach. In Bogotá, a domestic dispute between Griselda and her husband snowballs into a shootout in a nightclub parking lot. In Miami, a rookie cop is called to a homicide bearing all the hallmarks of a Godmother hit. An informant is planted at the heart of Griselda’s family network. And DEA agents come face to face with the Godmother herself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 29, 2020
Griselda Blanco Part 1: The Cocaine Godmother
In the early 1980s, the US Coast Guard are inundated with speedboats, propeller planes, helicopters and even submarines loaded with ton upon ton of high-grade cocaine. Sleepy towns find themselves on the front line of the war on drugs. Miami goes from quiet southern resort, to international front-page news. Behind this tidal wave of white powder washing up on the beaches of south Florida? The world’s first female narco-terrorist - a fearsome woman they call The Godmother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 22, 2020
Introducing: Real Dictators - Kim Jong il
Kim Jong-il built a volatile rogue state with nuclear missiles trained on its enemies – all while living a life of the utmost luxury. In the first episode of Real Dictators, we piece together the early life of this tyrant and that of the country he came to rule. Kim Jong-il is born during World War Two. His father – Kim Il-sung – fights the Japanese and helps found the state of North Korea. After the War, son and nation grow up together, as Kim Jong-il begins his own rise to power. Historians trace Kim’s early years, while defectors from North Korea reflect on the propaganda they grew up with. Subscribe to Real Dictators to hear more episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 08, 2020
Barry Seal Part 3: Sleep With One Eye Open
Barry Seal has gone from smuggler to informant, and now penetrates further into the heart of the Medellin Cartel than any American before or since. But this daredevil pilot flies too close to the wind… As Seal’s identity is exposed, the tables are turned. Can he disappear into the ether before the Cartel track him down?
Jun 01, 2020
Barry Seal Part 2: Into the Lion's Den
Tom Cruise played him in a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Barry Seal’s name has passed into legend. In this episode of Real Narcos, Barry Seal flips. The world’s most illusive smuggler becomes the DEA’s most highly prized informant. With a mission brief from his handlers, Seal embarks on a death-defying mission into the mountains of Colombia.
May 25, 2020
Barry Seal Part 1: The American Pilot
Pablo Escobar couldn’t have reached the heights he did without smugglers willing to traffic cocaine by land, sea… and air. The story of Barry Seal starts in a bar in Baton Rouge in 1981 and will take us flying over the Gulf of Mexico to South America, then back again to the South Louisiana swamps. This is the tale of the over-sized American airline pilot who gave up the dream of the white-picket fence… to become the biggest home-grown narco-trafficker the United States had ever seen.
May 18, 2020
Pablo Escobar Part 5: The Final Battle
The DEA agents finally discover Escobar’s whereabouts. Pablo’s empire comes crashing down. Shot dead on a Medellin rooftop, the most powerful cocaine smuggler of all time meets a grisly end. The agents reflect on their journey, and where the death of their number one target leaves the war on drugs.
May 11, 2020
Pablo Escobar Part 4: On the Run, the Game is Changing
Pablo escapes from his luxury prison and vanishes into the Colombian countryside. Agent Ken Magee finds himself on a plane bound for Frankfurt, Germany… with Pablo Escobar’s wife. And Escobar’s teenage son makes a surprise appearance at the office of DEA Agent in Charge, Joe Toft…
May 03, 2020
Pablo Escobar Part 3: Murder at the Mansion
Pablo Escobar launches all-out war on the Colombian government, firing RPG rockets at the man about to become President. A new DEA chief arrives in town with a maverick plan. And at a lavish party at Pablo’s mansion, a murder in the night threatens to turn the Medellin kingpin’s empire upside down… 
Apr 26, 2020
Pablo Escobar Part 2: Making a Narco-Terrorist
We pull back the curtain on Escobar’s empire and follow his rise to power – from the rough streets of Medellin to the forefront of the international drugs trade. Journalist Simon Strong goes in search of Pablo’s father. Agent Kane uncovers a plan to kidnap the children of DEA agents in Colombia… While Escobar himself begins construction on a lavish mansion, complete with bullring, waterpark, and a private zoo…
Apr 17, 2020
Pablo Escobar Part 1: Baptism of Fire
In the 1980s, a new generation of American special agents lands in Colombia, tasked with capturing the most infamous cocaine trafficker on the planet: Pablo Escobar. We’re embedded with the DEA as they track down a man who blows up commercial airplanes, bombs civilians and murders government officials virtually at will.
Apr 17, 2020
Introducing: Real Narcos
Introducing: Real Narcos, the remarkable true-story podcast that goes undercover with the real US Special Agents tasked with capturing the world’s most infamous criminal masterminds, from the King of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar to the Godmother of crime, Griselda Blanco to the most powerful tracker in the world, El Chapo. Listen and Subscribe to weekly episodes and hear the inside-story of how some of America's most admired Special Agents snared international criminals. We’ll be right behind the agents as they kick down doors, narrowly avoid assassination and dismantle international drug rings. These guys are the real deal… and this… is REAL NARCOS…
Mar 25, 2020